Students return 3 months after garage collapse
Students return to Miami-Dade College 3 months after deadly parking garage collapse
A South Florida community college campus has reopened three months after a parking garage collapsed and killed four workers.
Miami Dade College students returned to the West campus on Tuesday for the start of spring semester.
The five-story parking garage collapsed Oct.10. Since then, MDC spokesman Juan Mendieta says the 8,000 students enrolled at the Doral campus have been attending classes at other locations.
The new garage had been slated to open in December. For now, students will once again use offsite parking at a nearby mall and shuttle buses.
The cause of the collapse remains unknown. Once it's determined, college administrators will decide whether to salvage the structure or to demolish it and start over. The project was originally supposed to cost just over $20 million.
The family of one of the men killed in the collapse filed a lawsuit against Ajax Building Corporation, Inc.; M.A.R. Contracting, Inc.; MEP Structural Engineering and Inspections, Inc.; Bliss & Nyitray, Inc. and Haryard Jolly, Inc. last month, alleging the companies rushed the construction of the garage to meet a deadline.
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